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RATINGS: 406   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
An aggressively hopped robust porter named for the Cuban national hero who also spent a significant amount of time in Tampa and gained prominence in Latin American literature from the poetry, essays, and publications he contributed to in his lifetime.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thetomG (246) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 17, 2010
Very dark brown color - nice tan ring of foam but very little lacing left on the glass. Aroma is very strong roasty malts with a nice hint of baking chocolate. Flavor is insanely more robust. Just massive flavors of roasted malts dominate through and through. Well carbonated and very drinkable, especially considering the relatively high ABV. I’d definitely drink more of this, but probably only one at a time due to the intense flavors present.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
al_b (36) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 17, 2010
From a bottle. Pours a very dark brown with lingering medium head that produces lacing. The aroma is mostly coffee, chocolate and some malt. Taste of dark bitter chocolate and coffee. Palate is smooth, medium body with a lingering finish. Overall this is a great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
changeup45 (1727) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - SEP 17, 2010
Bottles from Knightly. Dark brown pour with a thick foam on top that yields sheets of lacing. The aroma is both creamy and assertive, with coffee, milk chocolate, grains, light roast, pine hops and an ever so slight trace of citrus. I get plenty of coffee grounds in the flavor with a strong hop presence. Roasty with toasted grains complimenting. Crisp bitterness. I pick up some wood notes lurking as well. The palate is a little gritty but I think that’s just the healthy dose of hops that kind of overshadow the creamy aspects of the beer. Very solid. Porters have been one of my least favorite styles in the past but I’m enjoying them much more these days. It doesn’t hurt that I am getting to try quality ones such as this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MeadMe (1512) - Fishhawk, Florida, USA - SEP 15, 2010
Consumed this one numerous times both on draft and from the bottle. A: Pours a nice rich deep black. Nice tall espresso like head that lasts and lasts. Nice thick lace all the way down the glass. S: Wonderful roasted malt aromas with loads of chocolate and light coffee. The hops are there in a big way as well. T: Wonderful rich roasted flavors. Wonderful chocolate balanced by equal amounts of bitter coffee. The roast is bold just shy of what I would call smokey. The hops are very earthy and green with a light citric undertone. M: Medium in body, smooth, drinkable, with a bit of hoppy bite in the finish. D: Great, I love this beer. Will miss it when it’s gone.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pumpmaster (1289) - Pembroke Pines, Florida, USA - SEP 14, 2010
Sample from tap at the Treasure Coast Beer Fest 9/11/10 Ft Pierce, FL. Excellent!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 14, 2010
Fresh 12 oz. bottle. The pour yields a clear, dark, crimson-tinted mahogany body with a smooth, creamy head of dark khaki foam. Thick, wavy ribbons of hard lacing circle the glass. Potent aromatics include huge barley roast, bitter cocoa, toasted oats, and loads of biting, earthen hops. There’s a hint of wood in there, maybe, along with subtle reference to citrus. Likewise, flavors are very roasty and toasty, featuring dark barley prominently with just the right touch of backup cocoa sweetness. Coffee makes a roasty push, while the aforementioned earthen hops really flourish with bitterness on the back end. The palate is big and creamy up front, moderate carbonation ushering in a dry residual stickiness. Very nice stuff here. Consume it fresh, because the hops are a big part of the beauty here and it feels like it will muddle quickly.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
steelcitybrew (454) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 13, 2010
12 oz bottle. Pours a dark black with a thick tan head. Plenty of lacing. Aroma is roasted malts, nuts, wood and general smokeyness. Taste is extreme roasted malts. Wood, and dark fruit. Palate is heavy mouthfeel, with a bit of stickyness. Overall a pretty good brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrianDorry55 (358) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - SEP 13, 2010
Bottle and Draft. Pours black with a big beige head and some lacing. Aroma is roasted malts, nuts, wood, chocolate, hops, and even some plum and raisin notes. Complex aroma. Flavor is roasted malts, nice burnt bitter hop profile, raisins, cedar, smoked meat, walnuts, and cherries. Medium mouthfeel and moderately carbonated. I really like this beer, its just very complex and interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Odde (308) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 11, 2010
Very dark brown with a beige head and heavy lacing. Prominent roasted malts with undertones of tart dark fruits. Bitter with very light sweetness and a hoppy kick.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (10265) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 9, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2011 Draft… Pitch black ale with a small, creamy, off-white head. What’s not to like about the aroma? I’m getting a really nice, deeply roasted herbal component along with dark chocolate and Cuban espresso notes. Full-bodied with a silky mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Leans slightly toward the bitter side of balance. Big-time mocha, burnt malts and grapefruit rind. Finishes bittersweet, charred and tannic.

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